[New Times] The Central African Republic (CAR) government, on Wednesday, May 18, awarded certificates to two Rwandan Police units serving as UN peacekeepers in the country, in recognition of their selflessness and security services to ensure the protection of senior officials.
[Capital FM] Nairobi -- MARA, a Pan-African crypto exchange, launched on Wednesday and announced USD23 million Shs2.7billion in funding and a partnership with the Central African Republic, which just passed a bill legalizing Bitcoin as legal tender.
[VOA] Yaounde, Cameroon -- The Cameroon-headquartered Bank of Central African States (BEAC) has urged the Central African Republic (CAR) to annul a law it passed in late April that made the cryptocurrency Bitcoin legal tender. The bank warned in a letter made public last week that the move breached its rules and could affect monetary stability in the region.
[Crisis Group] Disbanded in 2013, today the Central African army is present throughout the country. But structural problems could weaken it once again. To avoid a downward spiral, Bangui and its international partners should apply the principles laid out in the 2017 National Defence Plan.
[DW] Central African Republic and El Salvador have made Bitcoin legal tender and Panama has approved a bill to regulate crypto assets. Experts have warned that nations that adopt crypto currencies risk instability.
[ANGOP] Luanda -- The efforts undertaken by the Angolan authorities, in particular the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, in the search for peace and political stability in the Central African Republic (CAR), were praised by the United Nations.
[VOA] Yaounde -- The U.N.'s refugee chief, Filippo Grandi, on a visit to Cameroon this week, vowed to give more support to displaced Central Africans and Cameroonians fleeing intercommunal violence. Grandi spoke at a ministerial conference in Yaoundé on helping refugees from the Central African Republic and during a visit to northern Cameroon.
[New Times] The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) in charge of Operations, Felix Namuhoranye, instructed police contingents to commit and prove themselves right and professionally in all dimensions of their peacekeeping mandate.
[UN News] The top UN humanitarian official in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Wednesday underlined the need for safe access to vulnerable people following two recent attacks against aid organizations operating in the south of the country.
[VOA] Yaounde -- Cameroon's military has deployed hundreds of troops to its eastern border with the Central African Republic after CAR rebels this month abducted at least 35 people. The military says the rebels are targeting merchants, farmers, and ranchers and stealing money and cattle.
[JusticeInfo.net] The Special Criminal Court opens its first trial on April 19. But this mixed court in the Central African Republic, composed of national and international magistrates, is experiencing a serious crisis of confidence. Five years after the arrival of the special prosecutor in Bangui in 2017, and five months after a humiliation in the Hassan Bouba case, the independence of the court is being questioned as well as its raison d'être.
[DW] Former child soldiers are providing new information about the leader of the notorious Lord's Resistance Army. The evasive Kony has been on the run since 2005 when the ICC issued an arrest warrant for him.
[VOA] Geneva -- A new report on the human rights situation in the Central African Republic says combating impunity is key to achieving national reconciliation and a durable peace in the war-torn country. The report from a U.N. investigator was submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday.
[allAfrica] Cape Town -- Coronavirus lockdowns have contributed to "soaring rates" of sexual and gender-based violence across Africa, says a new report. And "almost all actors" in the continent's armed conflicts use sexual violence as a tactic of war.
[DW] Maxime Jeoffroy Eli Mokom Gawaka is suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Mokom is alleged to have committed the crimes in 2013 and 2014 in his role as an anti-Balaka militia leader.
[CAJ News] African mirrors the words of Yao Agbetse. The UN independent expert on the situation of Human Rights in Mali, Alioune Tine, at the end of his visit to Mali since February 8, expressed his satisfaction with the improvement of the country's security situation, that of human rights and displaced people.
[The Conversation Africa] The US, through its embassy in the Central African Republic, recently published a warrant offering up to US$5 million for information leading to the capture of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. The US had previously announced the bounty in early 2013. It has been on the trail of the Lord's Resistance Army leader since the early 2000s, spending at least US$800 million on efforts to bring him to book. We asked international justice experts Tonny Kirabira and Leïla Choukroune to unpack the renewed interest in
[New Times] The United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has appointed Valentine Rugwabiza, the outgoing Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the UN Headquarters in New York, as his new Special Representative to the Central African Republic.
[VOA] Bangui, Central African Republic -- As much of the world denounced Russia's invasion of Ukraine Thursday, the Central African Republic's capital, Bangui, hosted a tribute to Russian paramilitaries who helped beat back rebels a year ago.
[UN News] Secretary-General António Guterres has called for the release of four members of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) who were arrested in the capital, Bangui, earlier this week, his spokesperson said on Wednesday.
[RFI] The Central African Republic has opened an investigation after four soldiers from the French Foreign Legion operating under a UN mandate were arrested in Bangui on Monday, accused of planning to "assassinate" the head of state.
[UN News] Local elections in the Central African Republic (CAR), which have been pending since 1988 and are slated for September, will deepen efforts to decentralize power and expand political space, the UN envoy for the country told the Security Council on Tuesday, encouraging the new Government to "deploy all possible efforts" to calm the political climate.
[VOA] Bangui, Central African Republic -- Police in the Central African Republic have detained four French soldiers who are with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country (MINUSCA). The arrests sparked false rumors that France had attempted to assassinate the C.A.R.'s president.
[VOA] Bangui, Central African Republic -- The United Nations' independent expert on human rights in the Central African Republic says the government and its Russian allies should stop obstructing investigations.
[CPJ] Amsterdam -- A new investigation by A Safer World For The Truth into the attack on Central African Republic journalist Elisabeth Blanche Olofio reveals how local journalists reporting in conflict zones are vulnerable to brutal and sometimes lethal violence, and shows how such attacks are rarely investigated, leaving justice unserved.
[New Times] Rwanda could start exporting different varieties of maize seeds to Central Africa Republic (CAR) and DR Congo, according to the Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB).
[DW] After being driven out of Uganda, the Lord's Resistance Army ran riot in the Central African Republic, where it behaved more like a criminal gang than a terrorist militia. Now the LRA's days seem to be numbered.
[New Times] The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr. Vincent Biruta, on Friday, January 14, visited Rwanda Defence Force troops in Central Africa Republic (CAR) and conveyed to them a New Year's message from President Paul Kagame.
[New Times] The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Vincent Biruta, on Saturday, January 15, visited and briefed Rwandan Police contingents operating in Bangui under the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
[UN News] After a recent wave of attempts and coups d'état in Central African Republic, Mali, Sudan and Guinea, The UN Special Representative for the region told the Security Council on Monday this resurgence, particularly in West Africa, "is often the consequence of political practices that are completely out of step with the aspirations of the populations."